K State to Expand ESL Program

Here’s some innovation, thanks to higher education: K State is launching an effort to increase the number of elementary school teachers who can teach English as a second language.

As an AP wire story says, “Students at three community colleges will be able to get bachelor’s degrees in elementary education with an emphasis on English as a second language, without having to travel to KSU in Manhattan.”

With a growing population of non-English speakers in the state, that’s a good thing.

Though universities, like school districts, receive funds from the state, they serve a customer base that finds it easier to move around. In other words, they must be more entrepreneurial. And in this case, that’s good for elementary school teachers–and their students, who ironically, are much more constrained in their ability to choose.

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